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The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
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Sep 26, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 6-8grade, 4-6grade, fantasy
Read in September, 2008

What an incredible achievement...Thompson knows exactly how to turn her phrases so that everything seems so simple, so natural, and yet embedded within each sentence, there is a sense of slight eeriness, slight oddity, ample humor, and power of magic. I've been trying to figure out why or how or why her sentences work so well and so powerfully and still cannot quite put my fingers on it. Except that maybe there is a deliberate rhythm and pleases me and the choices of paradoxical tidbits delight me. And how much I simply adore the complex characteristics of the fairy, the puka, and the human. Each race is greedy and selfish and yet each is also sympathetic and has its own (legitimate) reasons of behaving their own ways. I am so pleased that the follow-up to The New Policeman is every bit as exciting and satisfying as its predecessor!
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